NHL suspends Erik Cernak two games for hit on Dahlin

Rasmus Dahlin took an elbow to the head from Cernak and suffered a concussion

Brayton Wilson
November 26, 2019 - 3:57 pm
Rasmus Dahlin

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin left Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in the second period after taking an elbow to the head from defenseman Erik Cernak. The hit left Dahlin cut and bloodied, and after the game, Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger announced that the 19-year-old had suffered a concussion as a result of the hit.

On Tuesday, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety handed Cernak a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Dahlin.

According to the video released by the Department of Player Safety, the Lightning argued that Dahlin's glove drove Cernak's elbow upward to create the contact with his head. The league disagreed with the argument, saying that Cernak's elbow was on a trajectory where head contact was inevitable.

Cernak has never had a history of fines or suspensions in his two-year NHL career. The 22-year-old has appeared in 20 games this season for the Lightning, scoring a goal and averaging 19:25 of ice-time per-game.

As for Dahlin, he has yet to miss a game in his short NHL career after being the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. So far this season, Dahlin has struggled, at times, putting up a goal and 15 assists in 24 games, while registering 33 shots on goal and averaging 18:59 of total ice-time. The young defenseman is currently fourth on the team with 16 points, and is tied for eighth in the league for assists among defensemen.

It is not known how much time Dahlin will miss with his injury as the Sabres were off from practice on Tuesday. The team will hold a morning skate on Wednesday before its matchup later that evening with the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. on WGR with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6 p.m. with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog from (716) Food and Sport.

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